The 2023 CAST
Special Guest Artists
Joe Stylezzz and Ellie Stylezzz
Joe from Knoxville, TN moved to Orlando at the age of 19 to pursue dance. What a career he has had! He won the 2014, 2015 & 2017 HHI Locking Gold medal, 2014 NEON Las Vegas going to Ghetto-Styles in Paris France, representing USA in the Finals and the 2016 KOD Locking USA Champ. He also took the win at BASHVILLE STAMPED in April 2015. In 2021 Joe competed in the GKUA battle presented by Lil Wayne.
This year Joe returns to Orlando, 14 years later, to perform in “Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker” alongside his daughter Josiah- Elicia aka Elli. Joe’s first performance with Orlando Community Arts was in 2008 at the Bob Carr in "The Chocolate Nutcracker", which has since been trademarked as "Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker". Orlando Community Arts is excited about this full circle moment and welcomes Joe and Elli to Orlando.
Josiah-Elicia also known as Elli, a 9-year-old street dancer. Elli has been dancing since 3, including challenging dancers to battle, Anytime…Anywhere! With her confidence, Elli has managed to climb her way into the adult battles scene and at times facing off in the Top 8. Elli recently booked her first commercial and has now taken an interest in singing. This is not Elli’s first stage performance, but you will see she loves to perform and can’t wait to show you who she is!
Special Guest Artist
"Naomi Joy" Nelson
“Naomi Joy” Nelson is an Author, Grammy Nominated Music Educator, and Saxophonist in Orlando, Florida. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Florida A&M University and is currently in her 15th year of teaching music, as an Orange County Public Schools Music Educator where she currently serves as the Band Director of Jones High School. She is an Endorsed Artist with BARI Woodwinds and Dukoff Mouthpieces and has released her 1st Music Album, “Love & Light”. Naomi is also a published author of her 1st Book entitled “My Joy Journey” in which she shares her journey through faith.
🎷Dukoff & BARI Woodwinds Artist
Jaquay (juh-kway) was first introduced to the violin at age 7, as a student in her elementary school’s strings program, and has continued training and performing since age 16. As a solo artist, Jaquay loves to perform classical crossover selections branching into genres such as pop, rock, and R&B. She has performed for several music/art festivals such a Fringe!, and Jingle Eve, as well as corporate conventions and fashion shows. Jaquay performs with several bands and singer-songwriters such as, EmiSunshine & The Rain, Crystal Bowersox (runner-up on American Idol) and Porter & Sayles (contestants on the Voice). Jaquay became a member of the string quartet Violectric in January 2017. Jaquay and ensemble has opened for acts such as Josh Groban and Joan Jett, and has collaborated/performed with charities such as Make A Wish Foundation, The Florida Hospital Gala and One Pulse Foundation. In October 2022, Jaquay made her television debut performing a wedding ceremony on ABC’s Good Morning America at Epcot, Disney World. In her spare time, Jaquay enjoys attending anything within performing arts, and has an immense love for all things Motown. Jaquay takes pride in being a left-handed violinist.
Special Guest Artist
Sairi Witherspoon is a 15-year-old high school freshman who has attended Avalon Dance Company for the last nine years. She trains in all forms of dance, but especially enjoys jazz, contemporary, and musical theater. In 2022, Sairi recognized as an exceptional dancer by Heat Force and awarded a Dance Scholarship. Sairi plans to pursue a dance degree as part of her academic journey. She is excited to be a part of the 2023 production of Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.
Chocolate Nutcracker Prince
Dominiq Luckie was raised in Jacksonville, Fla. where he trained at LaVilla School of the Arts, followed by Jacksonville Center of the Arts. Later, he traded football for Douglas Anderson School of the Arts and trained at Next Generation Ballet. He competed in the 2017 Youth American Grand Prix and was top six in both classical and contemporary. Dominiq danced for three seasons with Ballet Memphis and is now at the Dallas Black Dance Theater. This is Dominiq's third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.
Xiomi Dean Johnson
Sugar Plum Fairy
Xiomi Dean Johnson is a 15-year-old aspiring young dancer full of energy, ambition and an overall love for everything dance.
Born in Jacksonville, FL, Xiomi started her career in competitive gymnastics with Reflex Gymnastics at the age of 10 years old. Not long after however, Xiomi transitioned her power and grace as a gymnast into the world of dance.
A featured performer for many middle and high school dance team performances, Xiomi continued to expand her skills through choreography and costume selection.
Xiomi has been training and dancing competitively for three years with Avalon Dance Company in Orlando, FL. Earning high scores in improvisational dance, solo performances and group routines across multiple styles of dance.
When not performing Xiomi enjoys listening to Kpop, caring for animals and just hanging out with her friends.
Lead Sugar Plum Doll
Ava Page is a bright ten-year old girl with an avid love for ballet. She has studied ballet since the age of three and is a performer at a major ballet company in Orlando. This is her second year performing with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker. When she is not dancing, she enjoys spending her time sketching and painting.
Sa'NAA NATALIA BRAHIMI
Sa'Naa Natalia Brahimi is a 15-year-old Orlando native. This is her second season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker as the Snow Queen. She has received her training from Avalon Dance for more than a decade and has attended the Joffrey ballet summer intensive. She is recognized as a regional and national Platinum award winning dancer in both jazz and contemporary technique. This Sa'Naa's second year as the Snow Queen.
Andre Gallon was raised in Jacksonville,Fl where he began his training under the instruction of Ms. Laurie Byrd at the age of 6 with The Florida Ballet Training Center. Years later at an Orlando Ballet summer intensive, he would be offered a place in the Trainee Program with the Orlando Ballet School for 15’/16’. After several years of going through the ranks and joining the main company Mr. Gallon had the opportunity to perform in Micheal Pink’s “Dracula”, American Ballet Theater’s “Don Quixote”, and also lead roles in Victoria Morgan’s “Cinderella” as Prince Charming, Desiree in Sleeping Beauty, and Matthew in Jorden Morris’s “Moulin Rouge.” During these years he also had the chance to take part in the Jacobs Pillow Ballet intensive with Anne-Marie Holmes, while also getting to learn new work by choreographers such as Annabelle Lopez Ochoa. Mr. Gallon is currently a dancer with Ballet Memphis in Memphis, Tennessee.
Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions Drummer and Soloist
Charisma is a high school sophomore and a competitive dancer at Shooting Stars School of Performing Arts. She is also the drummer and marketing director of Y.E.S.S. Orlando Young Lions. Outside of dance, Charisma enjoys acting, modeling and volunteering. In 2021, she made her debut in four episodes of a TLC Reality Show and modeled for New York Fashion Week. In addition, Charisma is a volunteer for Teens Go Green Global, Orlando Union Rescue Mission and Give Kids the World. This is the second year that Charisma and Y.E.S.S. will perform in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.
Mahkari "Kari" Lozell
Clare's brother Fritz
Mahkari "Kari" Lozell - Clare's brother Fritz - is an outgoing, loving kid. At age 4, he fell in love with African dance as a student at the Orlando School of Cultural Dance. He continued to dance in several shows including NuLook's summer show where he was introduced to various other dance styles including Hip Hop, Ballet and Caribbean dance. This is Kari's fifth year in Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.
Clare's sister Larkyn
Larkyn Scott is 9 years old and has been dancing with Avalon Dance for 3 years. She trains in ballet, tap, jazz and hip hop. In the past 2 dance seasons Larkyn has been awarded over 10 scholarships, 2 traveling dance team invitations and 1st place in every category.
Ezra Ben Kaniyah
Ezra Ben Kaniyah was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. He has 20+ years of drumming experience under the leadership of Sunshine Lee, Weesie Braimah, Atur Eleeahsah, Asaur Owens, & Caph Geui. This is Ezra's third season with Clare and the Chocolate Nutcracker.
The Mime Boyz
Clare's Night Dreams
The Mime Boyz was organized in the spring of 1996 under the direction of the theatrical ministry choreographer, Sis. Leslie Hall of Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, Eatonville, FL under the leadership of Rev. Dr. Willie C. Barnes.
These “Gentlemen of The Gospel “ (Pastor Julius L Miles III, Elder Khayree N. Pender, Min. Emery L Minter) have uplifted audiences at numerous of churches, banquets, anniversaries, conferences, funerals, prisons, and other functions throughout the nation and abroad. They have opened up for many national recording artist and preachers of the gospel like, Tye Tribbett, Mary Mary, Yolanda Adams, Bishop T.D. Jakes, Prophetess Juanita Bynum, Bishop Noel Jones, Bishop Paul S. Morton , Vickie Winans and Luther Barnes just to name a few. They performed at the Disney Dreamers Award Banquet, hosted by Steve Harvey, and with other major artists, such as Female Vocalist, "Fantasia", and Musiq Soulchild. They have received national recognition for their performance on the world renowned show, " The Apollo", in New York City (3 Time Apollo Winners).